Xbox 360 Dashboard Getting Updated (Again)
The new update, pictured below, will be launching this fall with faster content browsing and faster navigation with Kinect-enabled speech commands. The improvements are aimed at making the dashboard easier for users to browse with the ever-expanding library of content on Xbox Live, including live sporting events from ESPN and Youtube, later this year.
“It’s about making the content easier to get to and more discoverable,” said Albert Penello, director of platform marketing. “This is as big a change to the dashboard as NXE was and it sets a foundation for the future.”
The New, New Xbox Experience
Observant readers will notice that one of the menu categories is Bing: Microsoft has decided to integrate Bing search with the content of XBL, so users can finally enter a search term like "potato" and see everything potato-related on Live.
Overall, it's clear that Microsoft is making a push for some continuity between its platforms (Xbox, WP7, and soon, Windows 8), possibly with some integration coming along with it. Given that Xbox 360 owners now spend a large part of their time watching TV and video on the Xbox, with Netflix in particular dominating the online time of a lot of users, the improved speed and ease-of-access will be much appreciated.
Eager Xbox users will get a chance to experience the new dashboard when beta testing starts this October.